July 7, 2012

Yuvraj Singh targeting New Zealand T20s

Returning from his battle against cancer, the India allrounder is seeking fitness and redemption, aiming to get back ahead of the World Twenty20
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Yuvraj Singh, having battled a rare germ-cell cancer called mediastinal seminoma for the last six months, is seeking fitness and redemption, and believes T20 will be an ideal format for him to explore his return to competitive cricket.

The World Twenty20 has been marked down by many as the event that will signal his comeback, but on Friday, Yuvraj said he ideally wanted to be completely ready in time for two T20 internationals against New Zealand scheduled for Visakhapatnam on September 8 and Chennai on September 11.

"It's important for me to play a little bit of cricket before I play the T20 World Cup. I should be ready enough to play in those two games. I want to be ready 15-20 days in advance so I can push really hard in the T20 World Cup."

He said he thought he had a "95 to 100%" chance of making it back in time for the World Twenty20 and the bigger event happened to be a "realistic" target. "I'm not going to come back 90% fit or 80% fit. If I feel I am 100% fit then I am going to go into the field… I am recovering really well, getting a lot of strength, my cardio sessions have been good. [If I] keep doing those repetitions, I think my body will recover faster."

The post-cancer routines, he said, had not varied greatly. "There's nothing different to it, it's just that I have to build on everything altogether. So T20 would be a great start for me because you're playing 20 overs. Then you play 50 overs. Once you have that feel of international cricket, you'll be fine to play all other formats." It is why he believed setting out for T20 would be an "ideal start" for him in international cricket.

Yuvraj was speaking at his academy, the Yuvraj Singh Centre of Excellence, at the Pathways School near Gurgaon, Delhi, on Friday, the day before the launch of a cancer initiative called YouWeCan. It was here that he made his first public appearance after returning from chemotherapy in the US in April. The man in the room this week was significantly altered from the bald, slightly hesitant and almost unrecognisable figure who wore sunglasses indoors to deal with the glare of camera lights.

The two months between then and now, Yuvraj said, had been spent recovering from his chemotherapy, taking a vacation with friends, and most recently his first nets session in six months. While he did make a brief appearance during the IPL in Pune, the return to nets at the NCA in Bangalore has given him energy, direction and optimism, he said.

The transformation from being in a wheelchair during his final cycle of chemotherapy in Indianapolis and three months later walking into the NCA nets or sprinting, up to what he called 90% of capacity, was, he said, an experience hard to "explain in words". Yuvraj called the NCA nets "stepping stones for me to come back". He said he had been anxious when he went into the nets for the first time. "It was special for me, but I was a bit nervous, my feet weren't moving great, but just moving, just being in the nets, was just a great feeling."

He learnt to inject himself with a blood-thinner every day for three months in order to deal with the post-chemo blood clots, and to accept the effects of his treatment as necessary elements of a painful route to a recovery

According to his own assessment, Yuvraj thought of himself as about halfway ready then, admitting his recovery was "more of a mental battle". For the better part, though, muscle memory had kicked in when he faced net bowling for the first time in six months. "As a cricketer your natural instincts are still the same. I was hitting the ball perfectly, I was catching the ball perfectly, I was bowling perfectly. It didn't look like I've been out of sorts. It just looked like I need more time to spend on the field in the nets. It didn't look like my bat is coming from somewhere else. Yes, my feet weren't moving that great. I was struggling to go towards the ball, but my hand-eye coordination was the same."

At the moment, he is trying to spend a total of five to six hours - though not at a stretch - on conditioning work. One of the first shocks for his body to recover from was an initial reaction to the leather ball after three to four months spent in bed, struggling to walk or breathe like normal. "Yes, I was a bit scared of the leather ball. When I was watching the IPL - guys catching, somebody hitting the ball - I would get scared. My body was under a lot of shock, just getting over that shock is coming slowly."

Instincts and muscle memory can kick in quickly for any athlete, Yuvraj said, but anxiety would only go away over a period of time, "The leather ball hitting you… that feeling has to go away, because eventually you have to go to international cricket and play at the pace of 145-150kph, so you want to be as confident as ever when you go back. You have to get that routine in, you have to spend hours and hours. You have to spend extra time on your body."

He said that the cancer treatment had "completely broken" his body and dealing with the load of an exercise regime for the first two weeks and the muscular pain was hard. "My body hurts a lot, but after two weeks I've seen the results, it's started to get better. A lot of strength has been gained. My body has not gone through a ligament tear or a hamstring pull. It will take its own time to come back."

Yuvraj was, he said, positive that the next two months would find him in far better physical condition. He said he felt comfortable batting, bowling, fielding and sprinting in short bursts. "If I can do five rounds [of a cricket ground] at a stretch, that means I am fit. At the moment I am not able to do do that. Cardio-vascularly my lung capacity has gone down after chemotherapy."

Yuvraj spent more than two months in Indianapolis, being treated at the IU Simon Cancer Center, where dealing with the after-effects of chemotherapy meant getting used to the loss of hair and appetite and "bad mood swings". He learnt to inject himself with a blood-thinner every day for three months in order to deal with the post-chemo blood clots, and to accept the effects of his treatment as necessary elements of a painful route to a recovery.

"You can't keep the food inside, and it is the same for everyone who has chemotherapy. You smell the food but you can't taste it… in four-five days your taste comes back. These are normal symptoms. It is important for people to understand that it is you who has to take the initiative for getting better."

The YouWeCan initiative was, he said, targeted at all kinds of cancers. "If we can work on detection and stigma, the percentage of people dying of cancer can come down. It can make a huge difference."

Cancer, he said, had made him a more grounded, organised and disciplined person. "I am trying to be more disciplined in my eating, in my sleeping times, in who I want to meet and who I don't want to meet.

"Am I more organised? My room is still dirty. I still throw my clothes." He said he had begun to pray every day, "which earlier I used to struggle with".

The disease, he said, had made him appreciate the small things. He laughed about grabbing a bite to eat before talking to reporters, "I love every meal now. I just ate a samosa. I had struggled to breathe, so breathing fresh air is a great thing for me."

Yuvraj said he did not think of himself as someone who was going to give up on the demands of cricket. "I'm not a person who is going to say bas [enough]. I'm just going to live a normal life and I want to get back on the field, because I want to see how much my body can take. This phase has made me very strong and I am sure this strength will take me back on the field."

Yet, Yuvraj believed, the "motive" in his life had changed. "I am not going to be worried too much about my performances. I am just going to be happy that I am coming back on the field and play for India again.

"Yes, I have to excel in Test cricket - if it happens, it happens, if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. One-day cricket or T20, I would just love to come back and play for India and I would just be happy, trust me. It's a huge thing from where I was and where I am going to be."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 10, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover : Keep giving excuses while your team stays close to bottom of every ranking there is, and keep losing pressure games. Pakistani teams are biggest chokers in international cricket. Everybody knows that.

  • coolitbaby on July 10, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover : Your bowlers get beaten to pulp in crucial matches. Ask Gul and co what Sehwag did to them at WC. They will never forget that.

  • golgoal on July 10, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair : No matter who your Pakistani team brings in, they ain't going to win NOTHING and will stay at the bottom of every ranking there is.

  • ansram on July 9, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Wish you good luck Yuvi. Come back to team India soon!!

  • ShAh00 on July 9, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Best of Luck Yuvi :):):) and heartiest prayers for your quick recovery... Hope to see you in T20 World Cup in SriLanka (A Fan from PAKISTAN )

  • denwarlo70 on July 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Yuvi is a thorn is every oppositions sight but he is a delight to watch on the field specially with the bat in his hands. I am a Sri Lankan and he has grabbed many a macth from us singlehandedly and I was never a fan of his. However, we want to see him back in action sooner rather than later and we pray that he will be healed totally and back in to his usual form on the cricket field.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 9, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair.What do u mean by that??? You forgot that India won 2 out of 3 in Asiacup. Do you think thats the worst performance???

  • India_Rules_Everybody on July 9, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh - Not just the Prince of Indian cricket but the Prince of India. Welcome back my friend - India eagerly awaits your return!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 9, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @Bruisers,for ur delight,razaq,imran,kamran have been cnsidrd in 30 men squad 4 t20 wc,that's why i mentind them,plz dn't talk about shahzad's standard,i m absolutly aware of vinay,paraven,piyush,and great ravindra,our club level would always b clas above ur aaron,ishant,negi,irfan,vinay etc,@g.narisma,who cares they r bilionare,my frnd pak sufrd 4rm umpirng,bad weathr.pls in t20s,if pak can't score run a score on a certain pitch,they wouldn't alow any bdy to that as wel,that's their greatnes,if hosts strugld to scor heavily in t20s during ths tour

  • Vilander on July 8, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    if Yuvi can direct and channelize this new found perspective of life he can become a great cricketer. Best of luck Yuvi, we want you to get back on top.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 10, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover : Keep giving excuses while your team stays close to bottom of every ranking there is, and keep losing pressure games. Pakistani teams are biggest chokers in international cricket. Everybody knows that.

  • coolitbaby on July 10, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover : Your bowlers get beaten to pulp in crucial matches. Ask Gul and co what Sehwag did to them at WC. They will never forget that.

  • golgoal on July 10, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair : No matter who your Pakistani team brings in, they ain't going to win NOTHING and will stay at the bottom of every ranking there is.

  • ansram on July 9, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Wish you good luck Yuvi. Come back to team India soon!!

  • ShAh00 on July 9, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Best of Luck Yuvi :):):) and heartiest prayers for your quick recovery... Hope to see you in T20 World Cup in SriLanka (A Fan from PAKISTAN )

  • denwarlo70 on July 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Yuvi is a thorn is every oppositions sight but he is a delight to watch on the field specially with the bat in his hands. I am a Sri Lankan and he has grabbed many a macth from us singlehandedly and I was never a fan of his. However, we want to see him back in action sooner rather than later and we pray that he will be healed totally and back in to his usual form on the cricket field.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 9, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair.What do u mean by that??? You forgot that India won 2 out of 3 in Asiacup. Do you think thats the worst performance???

  • India_Rules_Everybody on July 9, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh - Not just the Prince of Indian cricket but the Prince of India. Welcome back my friend - India eagerly awaits your return!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 9, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @Bruisers,for ur delight,razaq,imran,kamran have been cnsidrd in 30 men squad 4 t20 wc,that's why i mentind them,plz dn't talk about shahzad's standard,i m absolutly aware of vinay,paraven,piyush,and great ravindra,our club level would always b clas above ur aaron,ishant,negi,irfan,vinay etc,@g.narisma,who cares they r bilionare,my frnd pak sufrd 4rm umpirng,bad weathr.pls in t20s,if pak can't score run a score on a certain pitch,they wouldn't alow any bdy to that as wel,that's their greatnes,if hosts strugld to scor heavily in t20s during ths tour

  • Vilander on July 8, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    if Yuvi can direct and channelize this new found perspective of life he can become a great cricketer. Best of luck Yuvi, we want you to get back on top.

  • abherath on July 8, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    I was never a fan of Yuvi but this report and what he has said are very touching. I would want him to be fine, and live long in good health. His performances on the field really would not matter. It is just great to see him being positive in life and starting YouWeCan. Yes you. can, Yuvi May God bless you. ANANDA HERATH, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

  • davidatlas999 on July 8, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    I watch yuvi a lot.He is very good striker of the ball.When ever he come to bat against pakistan i always saying that plz get him early otherwise he will take the match from us.best wishes for yuvi i wanna watch u more more and more.

  • true.fighter on July 8, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I AM FROM PAKISTAN. YUVI IS THE FINEST PLAYER OF INDIA NOT MY FAVOURITE FROM HIS SIDE BUT I THINK HE IS SPLENDID AND I WANT TO SEE HIM ON THE FIELD AGAIN NOT DUE TO SYMPATHY BUT DUE TO HIS TALENT AND CAPABILITY.MAY GOD BLESS HIM WITH STRENGTH TO MAKE HIS DREAMS TRUE. WISH HIM A BEST OF LUCK.

  • Last_ride on July 8, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    To think that India and Pakistan are favourites is such a joke. West indies and South africa start as favourites. With the sort of batting that West Indies has They can tear apart any bowling attack.

  • henchart on July 8, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    While appreciating the determination and will power of Yuvraj Singh besides congratulating him for successfully fighting his illness I would suggest he better not rush his re-entry .Of course he is the best judge of his body but International Cricket is far too demanding these days ,especially in terms of running and fielding.I am surprised at the comments like T20 against NZ can be used as practice .if I am not wrong, NZ has 'nt lost to India in T 20 matches.Lets face it Australia,New Zealand ,England and SA are far better T20 teams than India.Innovative batting,electric fielding and variety in bowling is what makes a good T 20 team and unfortunately India lacks these traits and they seem to live in the past glory of Inaugural T20 WC win.IPL is no substitute for International T 20matches and India's miserable T20 WC performances in 2009 and 2010 are evidences enough.Low ,slow turning tracks of SLK make the hosts favorites but just.Aus and Pak stand better chance in SLK.

  • Bruisers on July 8, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - Try saying that only once the next time xD

  • Bruisers on July 8, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - When was the last time Razzaq and Nazir played a T20I for Pakistan? 2010. Two years ago my dear friend. And who on earth is this Ahmed Shehzad? Average of 18, SR of 105 doesn't make someone a T20 specialist. Maybe that's the best Pakistan has. lolz. Also keep in mind that scoring runs at international level is not as easy as smashing some listless club level bowlers back home :D

  • sandeepknk on July 8, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    i can say that he is the most talented n powerful batsman India had ever produced since i watching cricket more than 25years.but still he didn't get much credit of Indians victories because,all Indian people are only fan followers they like only their favorable player.If we read all comments we can understand that.to me if he play atleast one ball in an international game that's a big achievement and inspiration to others who suffering from major disease .gud luck yuvi,go ahead ,may god bless you abundantly

  • g.narsimha on July 8, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    ANDY ZATZ MAN HAIR- MR HAIR U R so called great bowling have been exposed in this on going tour lost odis, struggling in test SL batters have gpt better of u r so calld great bowlers even spinners are not able to contain these SL FAB THREE. DILSHAN, SANGA, MAHELA.

  • g.narsimha on July 8, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    WICKY ROY PAK LOVER- i have markd u r words but going by the way u r greats faded in this on going tour of SL it is distance reality, man to man in stats performance u r players are not even ball boys .no one is capable of scoring run aball we all have seen in odis & now in tests INDIANS are not ball boys they are billioniers on & off the field .

  • nickcoxhill on July 8, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I've never been a fan of Yuvraj Singh. He's always seemed very cocky and very talented without much of the Allan Border grit that players like Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly had/ve in spades. However, his reaction to his illness makes me more respectful of him, and I really hope he is able to break back into the Test side and do well. He really is a superb player, and it would be such a shame if his temperament prevented him from doing well at the highest level.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on July 8, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Bruisers,my friend our bowlrs dn't led us down on most ocasions n nobdy can gaurante that he would come out succesful evry time he goes to field,are razaq,imran,ahmd shazad,umer akmal,tanvir nt t20 specialist?ok bt then indian plyrs r no more than ball boys lolz.MAN PAK Z HOT FAVOURITE 4 THS T20 WC.MARK MY WRDS.

  • Samar_Singh on July 8, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    How cares !!! Over rated average player ... Does not even know how to play a ball moving away from leg to off ...

  • on July 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Sometimes in life it takes what you been through to be a better person and take stock of your life and realise what is more important - God bless you and hope your dreams come true

  • sherishahmir on July 8, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Hoping Yuvi will beat this illness too, as he is mentally strong enough and shall prove that being true sportsman he can handle everything smartly!

  • praveen4honestremark on July 8, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    @arunrg...I could not understood your statement clearly. Do you mean that he cannot come and play in International arena after suffered with Cancer?? Do you mean this???? If you mean this then you are 100% or absolutely wrong. How did you come to conclusion that a cancer sufferer cannot play. Read Lance Armstrong story; he is an American former professional road racing cyclist who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after having survived testicular cancer.

  • arunrg on July 8, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Sad but lets face it..Yuraj might never play international cricket for India. Though there is a faint possibility that he may play the sympathy card and get a game or two. However, he is doing a pretty good job in staying in the limelight and thereby making himself more marketable.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 8, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @Bruisers: Our bowlers will do the job. Oh yes.... our bowlers will do the job. Oh yes they will.

  • Bruisers on July 7, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair - Well, the same implies to Pakistan as well. Without Afridi, they will lose to even the minnows like Bangladesh. Pakistan has not a single proper T20 batsman and heavily rely on their spinners Afridi and Ajmal to do the job for them every time.

  • on July 7, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    All the best, Yuvi!! we desperately want you in the action again!!!

  • kesaraca on July 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan Cricket lover and by attacked mercilessly by this gentlemen, miss deeply Mr yuvraj Singh. But you must not rush yr return

  • jackthelad on July 7, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Hope you get well, come back to top-class cricket, and show these fools what a great sportsman can do.

  • on July 7, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    @the_wallster He will play domestic t20 (like Buchi babu tourny) before those NZ t20s. Who told you he won't?

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 7, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    I think he should take it slow. Cancer is never easy on the mind and body, no matter what type. He must take it slow, one step at a time. It's better he plays some domestic cricket before stepping on to the international arena. Domestic cricket will help him focus and take away all the hype and pressure associated with international games. He can recuperate, get fit and strong, all the while remaining in touch with his beloved cricket. But then it's up to him. With you all the best dear Yuvi, you are a champion !!

  • jay_vkjay on July 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    6,6,6,6,6,6.........and thats it. 'yUVi' the champion will be back....... Beware of yuvi, Mr.Bowler......

  • on July 7, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    gr8 battle against cancer...nice to see him back in the field....

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    They need this man because without Yuvraj Team India ain't winning nothing at the T20 WC. Another Asia cup like performance awaits them.

  • dariuscorny on July 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @the_wallster your comments suggest you are English giving hints how devastated you are.save your "enforcer".he might get into groove the moment he sees Broad at the other end.anyways,great to see Yuvraj coming back.i wish of his tremendous comeback.he cements his place in Indian test team as well.welcome Son of India.Whole of India prays for you.you will be better than ever for sure

  • espn.khan on July 7, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @the_walltester.yuraj is a class player.........................i cant explain more then thn this bro

  • espn.khan on July 7, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Pakistan want you back, if pakistan want you back then no one can stop you, may you hit 12 sixes!!!!!pray from Allah for You.btw. (iAm a true Pushtoon and Pakistani). you are a brave player and God would keep you safe InshAllah ......jwanday osay:-)

  • sams235 on July 7, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Cant wait to see him back in action.

  • on July 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    I hope the Lion of Punjab resumes his services to Indian Cricket very soon. YouWeCan.

  • CRKS on July 7, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Champion................!

  • on July 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I think Yuvi should now focus on playing Tests and T20 alone. He should seriously give the one day games a pass. I also feel, this comeback has made him a lot more calmer and self-analytical - a temperament ideal for TEST CRICKET. The #6 spot in the Indian team for Test cricket is still up for grabs and Yuvi should target that! I insist on him playing T20s solely as a revenue for his living and he should be allowed to pick and choose which T20s he wants to play. We can never forget your histrionics against Broad Yuvi. You can make it and you can do it!

  • street_smart on July 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    All the best Yuvi. You are a true fighter in life & inspiration for all. Wish you a speedy recovery & eager to see you again in the national duty.

  • coolindianfan on July 7, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    come on yuvi want to see u back in action .Who knows may be he can leave a mark like Lance Armstong did.

  • Naresh28 on July 7, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    I remember the English tour and how some English fans mocked Yuvi as "chicken" when he was ill. Definetly Yuvi would have made a difference to team India. We Indians appreciate Yuvi for he brought us the WC and

  • Narbavi on July 7, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Realistically its a gamble taking yuvi to Srilanka for the world cup because of whatever he suffered over the last few months, he hasn't played for an year too, but if at all he can play then surely he can play in the playing instead of Rohit Sharma!!

  • on July 7, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    cmon yuvi you can do that we are with you ,will love to see you at the world t20 ,i just can wait to see my favourite on the cricket feild again . Cmon Yuvstrong

  • on July 7, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    no chance....i'd be surprised if he ever plays cricket again :/

  • on July 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I really like Yuvraj Singh Bating and Bowling style, he is really nice player. i well look ahead for his first match. and i am sure once he start to play cricket he well soon find his great form and his great health as well. good luck Yuveeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  • Unmesh_cric on July 7, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Go Yuvi, Go!!! We want you to be there in the T20 world cup.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 7, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    After reading all this, i had tears in my eyes for a moment. My thoughts just revolved around the pain he might have had during his disease. Mentally and physically. A small bruise can hurt us , how might he had faced so much pain?? Chemotherapy and also mentally down that thinking about his life and career. There is important lesson from Yuvraj life though. All the best for you. Take your own time to come back but make sure you have strength to again play the tough Indian cricket which goes on complete calendar year. God bless you and my wishes for happy life and come back.

  • on July 7, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    All the best Yuvi.Hope u can win the Arjuna award.U deserve it more than anyone.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 7, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    After reading all this, i had tears in my eyes for a moment. My thoughts just revolved around the pain he might have had during his disease. Mentally and physically. A small bruise can hurt us , how might he had faced so much pain?? Chemotherapy and also mentally down that thinking about his life and career. There is important lesson from Yuvraj life though. All the best for you. Take your own time to come back but make sure you have strength to again play the tough Indian cricket which goes on complete calender. God bless you and my wishes for happy life and come back.

  • on July 7, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    All the best to YouWeCan and yes Yuvi Can be back to his usual best.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 7, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Come back yuvi better than ever

  • Cricketfan101 on July 7, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Come back yuvi better than ever

  • tanstell87 on July 7, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Yuvi you are an inspiration for me & youngsters all around...Team India needs you...i want you to add more World Cups to India's trophy cabinet....come back when fully fit & i know you will be back with a bang !

  • on July 7, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    We are waiting for Youraj 6-6-6-6-6-6 comeback.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 7, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    GOOD THAT HE ATLEAST IS GOING TO PLAY T20 MATCHES AS PRACTICE AGAINST NZ SO THAT HE CAN PLAY T20 WC UNLIKE SEHWAG WHO WANTS TO LET A DIRECT ENTRY TO THE TEAM WITHOUT PRACTICE(T20 WC 2009).

  • kingcobra85 on July 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Life is more important than cricket! Please whoever manages Yuvi's fitness make sure he is 100% before getting him on to a cricket field

  • the_wallster on July 7, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    I'm sorry but I can't see Yuvi playing any part of the NZ games, never mind the world Cup. Why is it that Indian cricketers after a long absence go straight back into the national team, instead of their domestic game? Sehwag against England last year for example. Particularly with yuvraj's circumstances, he must surely have to play for weeks on-end to get rhythm back into his game. Fair play to him for being ambitious, but no selector in his right mind would put a player back into the international fray after such a prolonged absence out of the game.

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  • the_wallster on July 7, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    I'm sorry but I can't see Yuvi playing any part of the NZ games, never mind the world Cup. Why is it that Indian cricketers after a long absence go straight back into the national team, instead of their domestic game? Sehwag against England last year for example. Particularly with yuvraj's circumstances, he must surely have to play for weeks on-end to get rhythm back into his game. Fair play to him for being ambitious, but no selector in his right mind would put a player back into the international fray after such a prolonged absence out of the game.

  • kingcobra85 on July 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Life is more important than cricket! Please whoever manages Yuvi's fitness make sure he is 100% before getting him on to a cricket field

  • rahulcricket007 on July 7, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    GOOD THAT HE ATLEAST IS GOING TO PLAY T20 MATCHES AS PRACTICE AGAINST NZ SO THAT HE CAN PLAY T20 WC UNLIKE SEHWAG WHO WANTS TO LET A DIRECT ENTRY TO THE TEAM WITHOUT PRACTICE(T20 WC 2009).

  • on July 7, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    We are waiting for Youraj 6-6-6-6-6-6 comeback.

  • tanstell87 on July 7, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Yuvi you are an inspiration for me & youngsters all around...Team India needs you...i want you to add more World Cups to India's trophy cabinet....come back when fully fit & i know you will be back with a bang !

  • Cricketfan101 on July 7, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Come back yuvi better than ever

  • Cricketfan101 on July 7, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Come back yuvi better than ever

  • on July 7, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    All the best to YouWeCan and yes Yuvi Can be back to his usual best.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 7, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    After reading all this, i had tears in my eyes for a moment. My thoughts just revolved around the pain he might have had during his disease. Mentally and physically. A small bruise can hurt us , how might he had faced so much pain?? Chemotherapy and also mentally down that thinking about his life and career. There is important lesson from Yuvraj life though. All the best for you. Take your own time to come back but make sure you have strength to again play the tough Indian cricket which goes on complete calender. God bless you and my wishes for happy life and come back.

  • on July 7, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    All the best Yuvi.Hope u can win the Arjuna award.U deserve it more than anyone.